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M.Sc. Martin Losekamm

Courses and Dates

Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Development and Integration of Algorithms for Scientific Satellites

The Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions at the Origins Cluster of Excellence focuses on the development of scientific instruments for compact satellite platforms, called CubeSats. These nanosatellites enable the fast and modular deployment of complete, autonomous satellite systems at low cost. 

Our research includes detectors to measure antimatter flux in low orbits, where scientific success relies on finding suitable algorithms and hardware platforms to filter and classify particle events. In addition, satellite-based science oftentimes requires precise determination of pointing direction, for which we are developing our own star tracker. We offer opportunities in the fields of data processing, machine learning and hardware design, which could include the following tasks:

  • Simulation and modeling of particle fluxes
  • Data processing for our antimatter detector, including neural networks, particle filters, and conventional classification approaches
  • Image processing and optical engineering for attitude determination with our star tracker
  • Identification of suitable hardware architectures and integration of your own software
  • Work with VHDL, TensorFlow, Python, Zemax, Geant4, Altium Designer

What we expect from you:

  • Capability for independent and self-reliant work
  • Motivation, creativity and general interest in data processing and machine learning
  • Hands-on mentality and ability to work in a small, interdisciplinary team
  • Experience in one or more of the above-mentioned programming languages appreciated

Are you interested in working in an exciting and challenging environment with state-of-the-art technologies? Let’s have a talk!

suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul
Development of a Star Tracker for Compact Scientific Satellites

The Laboratory for Rapid Space Missions at the ORIGINS Cluster of Excellence develops scientific instruments for small-satellite missions. For the ComPol mission, which measures the polarization of X-rays emitted by the Cygnus X-1 binary system, a highly precise real-time determination of the satellite’s attitude is essential. 

To achieve this, we aim to develop our own star-tracking system and tune the tracker’s properties exactly to the observed area in terms of source spectrum, light intensity, geometry, and spatial restrictions. Star trackers are very common instruments in satellite technology that compare an observed star formation with a database to calculate the exact spatial orientation of the satellite. 

Your objectives include the optical design, assembly, calibration, and testing of a prototype system, the analysis of test data, and assistance with the mechanical layout, hardware design, and integration of a flight system. You will gain skills in optical engineering, including knowledge of the Zemax simulation software, programming and data analysis with Python, mechanical design, and general satellite technology at the interface between science and engineering. If successful, the system you design will be part of future missions to the ISS or on satellites!

We expect a high degree of self-responsibility, motivation, creativity, and a good share of curiosity. We offer work in a small, interdisciplinarian team, a broad combination of topics, and enough freedom for self-development and your own ideas. Knowledge of one or more of the above-mentioned fields is highly welcome, but not required.

Primary point of contact: Peter Hinderberger (

suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Applied and Engineering Physics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul


The Lunar Cosmic-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer: Phase-A Design and Technology Studies
Martin Losekamm
conference paper
2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference (AERO)
DOI: 10.1109/aero53065.2022.9843295
LUVMI-X: A Versatile Platform for Resource Prospecting on the Moon
conference paper
Earth and Space 2021
DOI: 10.1061/9780784483374.029
ISBN: 9780784483374
The RadMap Telescope on the International Space Station
conference paper
2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100)
DOI: 10.1109/aero50100.2021.9438435
ISBN: 9781728174365
Measurement of ionization quenching in plastic scintillators
Thomas Pöschl (author), Daniel Greenwald (author), Martin J. Losekamm (author), Stephan Paul (author)
journal article
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2020.164865
COMPASS++/AMBER: Proposal for Measurements at the M2 beam line of the CERN SPS Phase-1: 2022-2024
working paper
On-Orbit Servicing and Active Debris Removal (Technical Aspects)
Martin Losekamm (author)
book chapter
Promoting Productive Cooperation Between Space Lawyers and Engineers
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7256-5.ch010
ISBN: 9781522572565
Letter of Intent: A New QCD facility at the M2 beam line of the CERN SPS (COMPASS++/AMBER)
ARXIV: arXiv:1808.00848v6
PENTrack—a simulation tool for ultracold neutrons, protons, and electrons in complex electromagnetic fields and geometries
W. Schreyer (author), T. Kikawa (author), M.J. Losekamm (author), S. Paul (author), R. Picker (author)
journal article
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2017.03.036
A new analysis method using Bragg curve spectroscopy for a Multi-purpose Active-target Particle Telescope for radiation monitoring
M.J. Losekamm (author), M. Milde (author), T. Pöschl (author), D. Greenwald (author), S. Paul (author)
journal article
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2016.05.029
Project Dragonfly: A feasibility study of interstellar travel using laser-powered light sail propulsion
Nikolaos Perakis (author), Lukas E. Schrenk (author), Johannes Gutsmiedl (author), Artur Koop (author), Martin J. Losekamm (author)
journal article
Acta Astronautica
DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.09.030

further publications (total of 15).

See ORCID profile of Martin Losekamm as well.

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